Question about Acer Extensa 5420-5687 Notebook
To format a hard disk its better to boot from the winxp cd first you transfer all the data you need from the drive C:\ to any other partitiion insert the bootable XP CD in to the CD drive now restart your computer while restarting press DEL in your keyboard in the boot select the CD drive on eselection you will see boot from cd press enter it will ask once more then press enter when the format section come you can format the partition you need and reinstall the win xp
Posted on Nov 14, 2010
Either your CD is faulty or your hard drive is faulty.
Try installing the software on another computer (without going too far, of course) to see if the same message displays. If it does, then you either have the wrong CD or the CD is faulty. If the message doesn't display, then your Acer's hard disk is faulty and needs to be replaced.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Nov 14, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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If you have the recovery cd, you can just pop-in the CD, select the reformat option and the installation process will continue automatically. Some laptop might have a special partition in the drive contains the operating system, drivers, etc. in case you want to reformat your laptop without the CD.
If you don't have the recovery CD, you usually can request one from the manufacturer. Otherwise, if you want to do a clean install, make sure you download all the drivers for your laptop, this may includes: motherboard, chipset, graphic card, sound card, modem, network card. Once you do that, put in the OS CD and start installing.
If you decided to do a clean install without the recovery CD, it would be best to create partition on your harddrive first, so you can have dedicated partition for operating system and backup. The next time you want to reformat your harddrive, you can just reformat that particular partition ex. C:\
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